Do you ever get overwhelmed thinking about all of the things you have coming up? All of the obligations? All of the driving here and there? All of the appointments? All of the laundry? All of the dishes? Holiday shopping? School volunteering?
I do. Sometimes it feels like it's about to mow me down like a freight train.
That is when I try to stop and take a deep breath and remember - all I have to do today is...today. In fact, that's all I can do. It doesn't matter how much brain power or energy I expend, I can never get ahead in time. Life can only be lived in the present.
Of course, there are certain preparations that can be made, reminders written, schedules planned out and that is all very helpful. But, once I've done all of that, I just need to do what is right in front of me. There have been times when one of my kids has wanted me to stop and play a game with them or take a few minutes extra at bedtime to read a story or snuggle with them and because of all that is waiting for me to accomplish the next day and the sense of being overwhelmed that I sometimes get, I say no. Those are not proud moments for me as a Mom. Not only do I miss out on some extra moments with them, I also show them the wrong way to handle life by my example.
My worries and thoughts about tomorrow should not affect my today. Things that I really have no control over should not cause me to forfeit the things I can control.
I may have a lot of stress about how I'm going to accomplish everything on Wednesday, but that shouldn't mean I can't read an extra Thomas book on Tuesday. I may get overwhelmed thinking about how many times in the next few years I will have to make that drive back and forth to school or dance or gymnastics; but that shouldn't keep me from enjoying the drive time I have today and making the most of my time with my kids in the car.
I think I did a pretty good job today. Now I'm going to enjoy my evening with my husband, get some rest and then get up and live just tomorrow...